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Nancy Of the Neighborhood, the Pelosi Political Girlhood in Baltimore



Thomas Roberts had a in-depth and finely-accessed interview with former [and furure] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in all kinds of forms, Tuesday.

Here are just a couple. With a documentarian for a daughter, and being 'on camera' for so much of her modern life, Pelosi may be loosening up on the cam cam confessional moments. And she hit Colbert in the NYC also. Too.

Those unguarded glimpses are rare, like the elusive and/or mythical palimpsest, hidden text, of medieval and magical manuscript repute … and they offer one quite a different angle on the woman who reached the highest seat in the American political system yet via her Speaker Chair.


One down, two to go.

Roberts started his footage reveal on Way Too Early, we've already established that I adore Thomas, but Mika rubs me the wrong way five days a week. Then on to MJ.

At the end of the media experience, back at the Morning Joe Schmoe (blessedly absent) table, Roberts in real time in the 7:30 a.m. block asked Rep. Pelosi a phenomenal question about the problems at The Borders, in the wake of the news that Rick Perry is sending in the National Guard, Yee Haw, down in Texass.

Halperin pitched the political softballs. P-pew p-pew. Methinks the Speaker also too played softball in high school. In Baltimore.

The video footage that shows her softer side, walking around the old Charm City neighborhoods, are very illuminating. To think of Pelosi as one of those white be-gloved, fifties, early Mad Men Era 'political daughters' ... it's eye-popping. You also see strong Italian and Irish women in there, so it all makes perfect Lady Sense.

For fun and extra insights, Pelosi on Stephen Colbert last night, good timing.

Part 2.

Only Colbert gets those questions to land!


Mid-Day Distraction: Water Wheel Cleans Up Trash in Baltimore Harbor



Another simple idea which cuts out big corporations looking to screw municipalities with overcomplicated 'special technologies'. This is the way to move forward in this country - not spending millions for CEOs to pocket.

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The Inner Harbor Water Wheel receives its first major flow of trash on the morning of Friday, May 16th.


Slavery: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men? Rosewood Center



Photo courtesy SheepNotGoats/Creative Commons

I've never heard a full version of The Shadow - the radio show of the 1930s about a crime-fighter, a Bruce Wayne type, who fought evil and brought criminals to justice.  Looking at the Wiki just now, I learned that Orson Welles took the part of The Shadow more than once and I'm sure they were memorable performances.

Not the radio play nor other dramatizations are on my mind at the moment but real-life evil which took place literally 'through the woods' from where I used to live in Owings Mills, Maryland, years ago: selling mentally-handicapped people into slavery. - literally.  It would be monstrous anywhere but checking my dates, it happened before I lived there but I'm wondering  how I could not have known of the existence of this place. It was on a back road I never had occasion to drive and I never walked through those particular woods (it was private property) but it creeps me out not to have known it was there until today.

From the story on Slate

A Forgotten Scandal in Baltimore’s High Society
Crooked lawyers sprang inmates from an asylum to make them slaves.

What was the nature of this evil? For more than 20 years, some of Baltimore’s wealthiest and most established families had been helping themselves to the institutionalized patients at Rosewood. They’d been “adopting” these mentally challenged girls and women only to turn them into their own private slaves.

Evil doesn't just 'lurk'. In some people it's right out in the open and slavery is still very real in the 21st century in the sex trade and elsewhere.


Wednesday Links


Wednesday Links from The Political Carnival
Goodbye to All That - Why I Left the Academic Life

Who Gives a F*ck what Ted Nugent Thinks?

How Wolves Change Rivers

FBI Arrests Georgia Militia Terrorists Attempting to Buy Bombs to Attack Feds (Updated)

Mississippi House passes sales tax holiday for guns

Credit Suisse 'aided' US tax evaders

Amanda Knox's ex finds her behavior odd, as appeals case looms

Baltimore County police investigating videotaped arrest incident